Preserving the past for our future


The First Annual Jerusalem Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage

For further information contact Dov Winer or Susan Hazan

Wednesday 15th November

8.30 - 9.30 Coffee and registration
9.00 - 13.00 Parallel Sessions

Long Term preservation
in a Digital Age
9.00 - 11.00 CASPAR Workshop on Long Term Preservation: Applying the OAIS standard

Chair: Yitshik Cohen, Deputy General Comptroller, CIO, Ministry of Finance (to be confirmed)

David Giaretta, Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, UK.

How can digitally encoded information still be understood and used in the future when the software, systems, and everyday knowledge will have changed? This is the challenge of CASPAR.

A huge amount of precious digital information created and stored all over the world becomes unaccessible every few years at a very fast pace.

CASPAR research, implement, and disseminate innovative solutions for digital preservation based on the OAIS reference model (ISO:14721:2002). See: and details of OAIS here.

Advanced technologies and ICT for the Performing Arts and Theatre
11.15 - 13.00

Chair: Motti Sandak, All About Jewish Theater

Motti Sandak
Director of The International Institute of Jewish Culture, Tel Aviv and as the Director & Chief Editor of All About Jewish Theatre.       
Global overview
on Advanced technologies and ICT for the Performing Arts and Theater
with some examples of good practices from Europe, United States  and Australia.

All About Jewish Theatre:  From Vision to Realization.
Raz Schwartz, CEO
Raz Schwartz New Media Consulting

Media Art and the Internet

Milana Gitzin Adiram, Curator
TheHeder Contemporary Art
Functionality of video- from documenting   to visual arts  

11.15 - 13.00 A Local Perspective on Digital Preservations:
How the main Israeli institutions intend to cope with the challenges of long term preservation

Orly Simon, Head, IT Department, JNUL - The Jewish National and University Library
The Jewish National and University Library

Dr. Simona Cohen
, IBM Haifa Research Labs
Preservation DataStores – Storage Assist for Preservation Environments

Revital Weitzman,
The Israel Government Civil Service Authority:
Digital Records Management in the Israel Government Offices and the National Archives – a first glance.

Assaf Trantinsky
, Information and Computing, Israel State Archives
National Archives

Best Practice in the National Sound Archives
9.00 - 10.30

Chair: Dr. Gila Flam, Director, The National Sound Archives

Dr. Gila Flam, Best Practice in the National Sound Archives

Avi Nachmias
, Digital Preservation at the national Sound Archives

Michael Lukin
, Cataloguing Sound Archives

10.30 - 11.40 EASAIER Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Sound Archives

Moshe Wasserblat, NICE,Israel partner,

The workshop will focus on the practical demonstration of the use of tools already available in EASAIER.
These tool will be fully integrated in the future EASAIER sound digitisation platform.

EASAIER will improve access to sound archives: multi and cross- media retrieval, interactivity tools, integration of speech and music processing methods, and systemic archive analysis. It will develop and integrate into prototypes innovative audio processing, data mining, and visualisation techniques, alongside user needs and evaluation studies.  EASAIER is coordinated by the Centre for Digital Music at the Queen Mary College, University of London.

11.50 - 13.00



Stephen Weil, MEMNON Audio Archiving Services, Belgium – Coordinator of MEMORIES

MEMORIES will create a generic software library in order to facilitate the extraction of high level information from audio signals. It innovates with a user-friendly system that matches archivist needs for information retrieval in audio databases, the definition of a format for database structuring of information content descriptors and an efficient tool for audio restoration.
See MEMORIES on the DigiCult Website

13.00 - 14.00 L U N C H
14.50 - 15.30

Parallel Sessions

Visualising the collection, visualising the gallery, visualising the museum

Chair: Itzhik Brenner, Chairman of ICOM Israel (TBC)
This panel showcases the different ways in which collections are represented in the virtual. From the focus on the object to the ambience of the gallery, new forms of spatial representations now make collections more accessible to online visitors.

Prof. Alicia Haber, MUVA, Virtual Museum of Arts El Pais, Uruguay

Steven Allen, Panovisions, Israel
Exploring a museum campus before and after the visit

Uzy Smilansky, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot and Dr. Ilan Sharon, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Avshalom Karasik, PhD student affiliated to the HU and the WIS.
ARCHEOMATH: Using an high-resolution 3D camera as a tool in archaeological research and documentation.

Dr. Yaarah Bar-On, Vice-President, Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem Bezalel
Digitizing Bezalel's Visual History

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The Semantic Web Portal for European, Jewish Cultural heritage


MOSAICA is envisioned as a technologically advanced web portal, featuring multifaceted interfaces for knowledge based exploration and online utilities empowering users to collaboratively author and manage cultural resources in a globally distributed environment. Contents focus on the European Jewish Cultural Heritage. It is financed by the European Commission in the FP6 program.
Contact: Norbert Benamou

Boaz Hashavia
IDEA Information Systems
The MOSAICA Semantic Web Architecture

Dr Miri Barak
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
The MOSAICA Virtual Expeditions

Dov Winer
JNUL Jewish National and University Library / JAFI
Criteria for selecting European Jewish Cultural Content for MOSAICA

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Digitisation Resources for Genealogical Research

Chair: Ambassador Dr. Yosef (Neville) Lamdan
Director, International Institute for Jewish Genealogy

Prof. H.D. Wagner, The Weizmann Institute of Science
Towards the virtual reconstitution of Jewish Shtetls

Rose A. Feldman and Mathilde Tagger, Israel Genealogical Society
Volunteers in Genealogical Societies: Saving the Information and Serving the Community

Jean-Pierre Stroweis
Israel Genealogical Society
Digitizing Challenges For Jewish Genealogy

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